“We want the game to be played in perfect conditions,” he said, per the Baltimore Sun. “Do you want the elements to impact it? I personally love football in the elements. I think that’s what makes it so special. So I love that part of it, but I also understand the issue of wanting to put on an event where we probably have 150 to 200,000 people. It’s really tough to do, and it put a lot of stress on smaller communities. If you guys want to make a bid, I’m sure the ownership is going to take a good, hard look at it.”
It’s hard not to sympathize with Goodell on this issue. Fans love snow games. Just look at the reaction to the absolutely insane Snow Bowl that the Eagles and Lions played back in 2013. And teams with outdoor stadiums in cold-weather markets would love to be able to host the Super Bowl. However, the thought of the NFL‘s championship game being lost on a flukey play due to cold or otherwise adverse conditions isn’t one that most fans want to entertain. Super Bowl XLVIII kicked off at 49 degrees, the coldest Super Bowl kickoff temperature since Super Bowl VI (a balmy 39 degrees at kickoff) in New Orleans, according to the Pro Football Hall of Fame’s website.